jm6348fallsyl - FLOODS SEMINAR (GEO 6348) FALL 2011...

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1 FLOODS SEMINAR (GEO 6348) FALL 2011 Instructor: Dr. Joann Mossa Phone: 392-0494, ext. 221 Office Location: 3131 Turlington Office Hours: MWF 9-10:30 A.M. & 1-2 P.M. E-mail: (please communicate when appropriate) CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Lecture, readings, writing, presentation and analysis of the world's most extreme floods from the Pleistocene through present due to various causes. Discusses physical and human aspects of flood warning, preparedness, response and recovery throughout the world. GRADUATE STUDENT EXPECTATIONS: This course will include both graduates and undergraduates, but graduate students are expected to do more reading, contribute to in-class discussions based on the reading. They also will write a paper based on the refereed literature. COURSE OBJECTIVES INCLUDE: Understanding of the causes of floods including excessive precipitation, excessive snowmelt, climatic oscillations (ENSO), tsunamis, coastal storm surges, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), ice jams, landslides, natural dam failures and other physical processes. Floods are also caused or augmented by failures, overtopping, mismanagement or intentional destruction of constructed dams and artificial levees and floodwalls. Examining methods for assessing paleofloods , paleoclimate and historical change with PSI-SWD- (paleostage indicators slack water deposits) and varied geologic and chronologic techniques (radiocarbon dating, tephrachrology, dendrochronology, lichenometry, stratigraphic methods), remote sensing for forecasting, interpreting landscapes and change; Use of GIS and GPS for flood response, recovery and mitigation including search and rescue, flood frequency analysis, hydrologic modeling, and floodplain mapping Knowing that values, attitudes and norms of different cultures and nationalities affect flood decisions and responses . Extreme floods are influenced by settlement choices, land use change, governmental behaviors, and public education about disasters. Individuals of different nationality, age, culture, gender, race, and income may be disproportionately and differentially affected by floods in terms of lives, homelessness, displacement, and property damage due to variations in vulnerability and resilience in differing parts of the world. Examining problems beyond direct inundation including the erosion done by water, the debris brought in by water, ensuing famines, the spread of disease due to poor drinking water, disrupted sanitation facilities, inadequate and dysfunctional medical care, contamination of water (sewage, dam failures at mines), etc. Considering varied outcomes of floods and lessons learned . Discussing how floods have influenced history, culture, art, music, historic preservation, race relations, migration patterns, crime and crime- control attempts, mental health, seismology, animals, agriculture, livelihoods, engineering, policy, relief efforts, fund raising, tourism and more. Observing some ways of remembering and
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